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Gordale Scar

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54°04'19.0"N 2°07'51.0"W
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Gordale Scar is a limestone ravine 1 mile northeast of Malham, North Yorkshire.

The ravine contains two waterfalls and has overhanging limestone cliffs over 330 feet high, it was created during the Ice age, melt water creating a cavern that eventually collapsed to create the waterfall and gorge including smooth rocks formed by Tufa deposits.

The stream flowing through the scar is Gordale Beck, which on leaving the gorge flows over Janet's Foss before joining Malham Beck 2 miles downstream to form the River Aire. A right of way leads up the gorge, but requires climbing approximately 10 feet of tufa at the lower waterfall.